This is a general command level course designed to convey certain important issues in five different key areas. Key areas are as follows:
- seamanship – including heavy weather, emergency action, vessel handling, dry-docking;
- navigation and passage planning – including watchkeeping procedures, IRPCS and passage planning;
- meteorology – including atmospheric stability, air masses, local variations, pressure and meteorological forecasting;
- MARPOL – including IMO conventions concerning the safety of life and environmental protection; and,
- Code of Safe Working Practices for Seamen – including personal safety, safety officer responsibilities, incident reporting and investigation.
Entrants should have successfully completed a training program covering the minimum standards required for certification as an officer in charge of a navigation watch.
This is a 5-day theory-based training course that can be taken either online or in person.